Gentleman, please... the best grooming gifts for dads
On the hunt for a last-minute Father’s Day present? Here’s our guide to the best grooming gifts for dads
As a little girl first starting school I was very shy, and I really struggled to learn. I was behind in reading and writing for many years. One of the most vivid memories I have as a little one of about six, was confiding to my dad about how hard I was finding it to read. We were in my dad's old office that had a cool swivel chair that my sisters and I used to fight over, taking turns to twirl around on it!
I was crying and telling him I was stupid and he popped me on his lap and said something to me that I've never forgotten. Indeed, it's something I now tell my own son.
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"Ruth," he said. "I'm going to tell you a secret. A big secret that very few people know. It's like a magic trick. This special magic trick is that you can do anything in this world, if you put your mind to it."
In the soil of my fertile young mind, words like 'magic' and 'secret' and 'special' grew roots and took hold. In my heart and soul, I believed every word my dad said to me and something positive thrived in my mind. I'll always be so grateful to my father for planting such a beautiful seed of self-belief, resilience and fortitude in my young self.
Tomorrow is Father's Day and I've put together some lovely little ideas for grooming gifts that will appeal to all the dads out there - both young and more mature. As the saying goes, "A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she'll never outgrow your heart".
* Much-loved actor Ryan Reynolds, pictured, is a dad to two little girls, the owner of a craft gin company and the face of Armani Code aftershave. This Father’s Day is set to be a busy one as his wife Blake Lively is about to give birth to their third child.
With a built-in vacuum that sucks hairs away, this electrical beard trimmer guarantees a mess-free sink. Remington Vacuum Beard and Grooming Kit, €59.99, from electrical stores and pharmacies nationwide.
6 of the best aftershaves
This limited-edition aftershave has an oriental and spicy base, and is a brilliant addition to the Armani Code scent family. A good buy for a dad who wears Armani but may be looking for something a little bit different. Armani Code A-List, €66 from department stores and select pharmacies nationwide.
With a fresh and zingy scent, this option comes with a wash bag, shower gel, mini EDT and aftershave - brilliant value! L'Occitane Cedrat Travel Kit, €32 from pharmacies, department stores and L'Occitane stores nationwide.
Named after the Greek God of Love, this aftershave is a great Father's Day gift for anyone looking for a woody and oriental scent.
Versace Eros Aftershave, €36.90 to €64 from Debenhams nationwide, Boots and select pharmacies.
Oud for thought
Oud is one of the most expensive ingredients that can be used in scents (it comes from the oil of the very rare aquilaria tree from South East Asia). This luxe scent from Tom Ford is an easier, fresher aftershave option to the more exotic, intense Oud Wood original.
Tom Ford Oud Fleur, €188, from Brown Thomas nationwide.
For a luxury aftershave that is definitely a once a year pampering treat for the dad in your life, check out this jasmine, vanilla and bergamot scented option. Creed Aventus Aftershave, €300 from Brown Thomas nationwide.
Minty fresh and citrus-scented, this is a best-seller for a reason. Better still, it's currently reduced in Boots and Debenhams stores nationwide, making it a smart buy for Father's Day. Hugo Boss Unlimited, €43 in Boots and €50.40 in Debenhams.
Take 3 skin saviours
The original unisex scent has some lovely body moisturising options that can be used by both sexes. This light skin hydrator smells of jasmine, rose, lemon and mandarin, and will leave skin super soft and smooth.
DETAILS: Calvin Klein CK One Skin Moisturiser, €18.90, from Debenhams nationwide.
Technically this a male body wash, but it can be used by all the family and is suitable for all skin types. A really generous size, with a gorgeous pear and bergamot fragrance.
DETAILS: Baxters of California Invigorating Body Wash, €22.50, from Debenhams nationwide.
This aloe vera and witch hazel shaving gel can be used by men and women, and its natural ingredients will be gentle on all skin types. Ideal for those who want a clean, close shave without irritation.
DETAILS: Elemis Ice Cool Foaming Shave Gel, €26.55, from department stores nationwide.
Take 3 Budget buys
For your favourite beardsman, choose this half-price gift set of four fragranced beard oils - including Relax, Refresh, Revive and Repair fragrances. Suitable for all beard lengths. Wahl Sterling Beard Oil Gift Set, €13.50 (reduced from €27), from Boots stores nationwide.
This 100pc natural seaweed soap contains lavender, neroli and mandarin and packs a hefty beauty punch for less than a tenner. Green Angel Organic Seaweed Soap, €6.95 from health stores nationwide.
This beeswax wax will keep your dad's moustache and facial hair looking groomed to perfection this Father's Day. Mo Bros Sandalwood Moustache Wax, €8.64 from Debenhams stores nationwide.